Avatar 2 has been nearly a decade in the making and is set to return audiences to the magical 3D world of Pandora, the home of the Na’vi and a host of other magical creatures. The movie will see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and most of the other original cast members return with the addition of Kate Winslet and more. Little is known about the story, but James Cameron has spent years developing new technology for shooting motion capture underwater, so it can be presumed that Avatar 2 will again raise the bar for CGI and 3D effects, like its predecessor.
- Release Date: December 18, 2020
- Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang, CCH Pounder, Cliff Curtis, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, Duane Evans Jr., Jamie Flatters, Jack Champion, Britain Dalton, Trinity Bliss, and Oona Chaplin.
- Director: James Cameron
- Writers: James Cameron, Josh Friedman
AVATAR 2 HAS SOME BIG RETURNING CHARACTERS
Avatar 2 features a ton of returning cast members from the first Avatar movie. Sam Worthington is reprising his role as Jake Sully, a former U.S. Marine (and human) who became a part of the Na’vi by transferring his consciousness into his avatar’s body. Zoe Saldana also returns as Neytiri – the Na’vi woman who Jake fell in love with – with CCH Pounder reprising her role as Neytiri’s mother, Mo’at.
As for the humans, Stephen Lang is returning as the series’ main antagonist, Colonel Miles Quaritch, despite dying in the first film, and Giovanni Ribisi will be joining him as the Research Development Administration’s corporate head, Parker Selfridge. Joel David Moore is also coming back as Dr. Norm Spellman, with Dileep Rao as Dr. Max Patel, and Matt Gerald as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet – each of who sided with the Na’vi in the first Avatar.
While each actor and actress is reprising their roles from the first Avatar movie, it was never confirmed if Sigourney Weaver will be playing Dr. Grace Augustine again. Weaver is returning for Avatar 2 and its sequels, but she indicated in 2014 that her part will be different in each film and that she will “transform” in each one.
AVATAR 2 HAS A LOT OF NEW CHARACTERS
Avatar 2‘s cast consists of plenty of new actors and actresses in addition to its returning cast, most of whom are playing Na’vi characters. Cliff Curtis is playing the Metkayina clan’s leader, Tonowari, with Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, and Duane Evans Jr. each playing Metkayina free-divers and hunters: Tsireya, Aonung, and Rotxo, respectively. Kate Winslet is also joining the Avatar universe as one of Metkayina’s free-divers. Her character, Ronal, plays an integral role in each of the upcoming Avatar sequels.
Since the movie takes place several years after the events of the first Avatar, Jake and Neytiri will have grown children in the sequel. Jamie Flatters plays their oldest son, Neteyam, with Britain Dalton playing their youngest son, Lo’ak. So far, the only new human character being added in Avatar 2 is Javier Socorro, who’s played by Jack Champion in what could be a breakout role for the actor. Oona Chaplin is also starring in Avatar 2 as Varang, though it’s unclear if she’s playing a human or Na’vi.
Avatar 2‘s villains haven’t been revealed yet aside from Stephen Lang reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, who led the human/RDA side of the conflict in the first Avatar movie. Although not much is known about his character’s return or his purpose, it has been revealed that Lang’s character will serve as the main villain in all four Avatar sequels.
WHAT IS AVATAR 2’S STORY ABOUT?
Avatar 2‘s story seems to take place at least a decade after the events of the first Avatar movie (though that hasn’t been confirmed yet), based on the ages of actors playing Jake and Neytiri’s children – not to mention the rest of the young cast as well – primarily because the film’s characters are brought to life using motion-capture. Although actual story details haven’t been revealed yet, it’s easy to deduce that the RDA will once again play an integral role in a new conflict with the Na’vi.